Part of speech: noun

An implement for grasping, consisting of a pair of pivoted levers.

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Usage examples "tongs":

  1. He refilled his pipe and motioned toward the tongs. - "The Puppet Crown", Harold MacGrath.
  2. Then they went at it- hammer and tongs. - "A Frontier Mystery", Bertram Mitford.
  3. My tongs, my vessel, myself brought it aboard! - "Tales of the Chesapeake", George Alfred Townsend.